Apr
2
Tue
The Hills Are Alive: Art Exhibit & Sale @ Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center Tickets
Apr 2 – Apr 28 all-day
The Hills Are Alive: Art Exhibit & Sale @ Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center

With the sounds and the colors of spring in the Santa Monica Mountains, Gaby Geuther’s vibrant egg tempera and delicate watercolor scenes evolve from an intimate dialogue with the nature that surrounds us. Gaby’s artwork invites the viewer to see with their heart.

Apr
27
Sat
For Teachers: Wildfires and Fire Ecology in Southern California @ King Gillete Ranch Tickets
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

On Saturday April 13 and 27, we will offer a free presentation and hike for all teachers on “Wildfires and Fire Ecology in Southern California” at Paramount Ranch. The talks will be held at the King Gillette Ranch Visitor Center and the walks will take place at Paramount Ranch.

We will share the basics of fire ecology in the recent burned area, discuss outdoor classroom techniques, share resources, lesson plans and ideas on how to encourage students to visit the park.

For more information and to RSVP, please email samo_education@nps.gov or call 805-370-2304 with the date of your choice at least one week before the event. Include your name, email, phone number, the school where you teach, and if you will be attending the talk, the hike, or both.

Books & Trails-Kids story time and Nature Walk Ages 4-10 @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center-Franklin Canyon Tickets
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Books & Trails-Kids story time and Nature Walk Ages 4-10 @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center-Franklin Canyon

Join a Franklin Canyon Docent for a nature-themed Story Time followed by a Guided Nature Walk around the lake at Franklin Canyon.
Recommended ages are 4-10.
Please be on time, as not all Story Time readings happen inside the Nature Center

City Nature Challenge Guided Walk at Franklin Canyon @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center Amphitheater Tickets
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
City Nature Challenge Guided Walk at Franklin Canyon @ Sooky Goldman Nature Center Amphitheater

Join a California Naturalist Guide for an introduction to the City Nature Challenge and a guided walk to find photo subjects for your challenge entries.
This will be an east nature walk around the upper canyon of Franklin Canyon park, including visits to the Redwood Grove, the Heavenly Pond, and the Lake.
We’ll work together as a team to find insects, plants, and wildlife to help LA become a winner for this international challenge!
No registration required and FREE! We will start promptly at 10:00 a.m.
Please wear a hat and walking shoes. Bring your smartphone or camera and water.

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day @ Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center Tickets
Apr 27 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
World Tai Chi & Qigong Day @ Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center

Tai Chi and Qigong are moving forms of meditation and an excellent way to reduce stress, develop strength, balance and flexibility. Celebrate WTCQD by participating in these arts with others in the outdoors! No experience necessary. Loose fitting clothes recommended.

iNaturalist City Nature Challenge Hike @ Griffith Park @ Griffith Park Old LA Zoo Trail Tickets
Apr 27 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
iNaturalist City Nature Challenge Hike @ Griffith Park @ Griffith Park Old LA Zoo Trail

We are participating in the City Nature Challenge – a worldwide competition in which a bunch of different cities compete against each other to see who is documenting nature and urban biodiversity better. It runs from April 26 to April 29. On Saturday, April 27, join a National Park Service ranger on a guided hike at Griffith Park.

Directions:

Exact trail is Old LA Zoo Trail. Parking will be at the Merry G0-Round parking area which is near the Ranger Station (4730 Crystal Springs Drive). If you’re driving north on Crystal Springs Drive, make a left on the first street where the Ranger Station is that leads to the Merry Go-Round parking lot.

Please bring:

  • enough water
  • hat/sun protection
  • sunscreen
  • snack(s)
  • phone

Download the iNaturalist application on your smart phone and help us identify plants, animals or fungi so we can take the crown back from San Francisco.

Apr
28
Sun
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon Tickets
Apr 28 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Malibu Lagoon Bird Walks with SMBAS @ Malibu Lagoon

Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society (SMBAS) invites all to our monthly Malibu Lagoon Field Trips, held on the 4th Sunday of every month, at 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. FREE! Below is more info, for your use, distribution, and enjoyment! Please come out to the beach for a wonderful morning of birdwatching and friendly camaraderie! Bring binoculars if you have them; loaners available if you don’t.

Malibu Lagoon Field Trips
4th Sunday of Every Month, Every Month of the Year
SANTA MONICA BAY AUDUBON SOCIETY (SMBAS)
https://smbasblog.com

ADULT WALK 8:30 A.M. – Beginner and experienced, 2-3 hours. Species range from 40 in June to 60-75 during migrations and winter. We meet at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot and begin walking east towards the lagoon. We always check the offshore rocks and the ocean. When lagoon outlet is closed we continue east around the lagoon to Adamson House. We put out special effort to make our monthly Malibu Lagoon walks attractive to first-time and beginning birdwatchers. So please, if you are at all worried about coming on a trip and embarrassing yourself because of all the experts, we remember our first trips too. Someone showed us the birds; now it’s our turn.

CHILDREN AND PARENTS WALK 10:00 A.M. – One hour session, meeting at the metal-shaded viewing area next to the parking lot. We start at 10:00 for a shorter walk and to allow time for families to get it together on a sleepy Sunday morning. Our leaders are experienced with kids so please bring them to the beach! We have an ample supply of binoculars that children can use without striking terror into their parents. We want to see families enjoying nature. (If you have a Scout Troop or other group of more than seven people, _YOU MUST CALL JEAN (310-472-7209)_ to make sure we have enough binoculars and docents.)

DIRECTIONS: Malibu Lagoon is at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road. Look around for people wearing binoculars.
PARKING: Parking machine recently installed in the lagoon lot: 1 hr $3; 2 hrs $6; 3 hrs $9, all day $12 ($11 seniors); credit cards accepted. Annual passes accepted. You may also park (read the signs carefully) either along PCH west of Cross Creek Road, on Cross Creek Road, or on Civic Center Way north (inland) of the shopping center. Lagoon parking in shopping center lots is not permitted.

Guided Wildflower Hike @ Topanga Lookout Trailhead Tickets
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Guided Wildflower Hike @ Topanga Lookout Trailhead

Join Tom Hayduk, MRT’s resident native plant enthusiast and expert, to explore the wildflowers and plants along the Topanga Lookout Trail in our Cold Creek Preserve. This guided hike will cover the plants in bloom and offer stunning views of the preserve, Topanga Canyon and neighboring valleys.

“Welcome Walk” @ Malibu Creek State Park Tickets
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
"Welcome Walk" @ Malibu Creek State Park

Join a docent for a refreshing walk along Malibu Creek, through a wooded valley. Learn about fire restoration, plus the park’s animals, plants, early inhabitants, and movies filmed on location. Meet at the Main Trailhead parking lot (second, lower lot) by the restrooms.

Sunday Walks @ Trippett Ranch, Topanga State Park Tickets
Apr 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Topanga Canyon Docent Julie Watson will guide you on a walk as the magic of Topanga State Park naturally reveals itself. Meet at the ramada in the pay parking lot.